Part One

Series 1 - Episode 1 Part One



Anyone who adores the 1945 camp classic Mildred Pierce, with a full-throttle Joan Crawford in the title role and Ann Blyth as Veda, her monstrous brat of a daughter, should watch this purely for comparison purposes. There’s none of the film’s heightened sense of eye-popping melodrama and, therefore, none of the fun. It’s just an interminable five-hour mini-series with the usually luminous Kate Winslet looking peeved while wearing lots of unflattering brown dresses.

It’s not torrid enough. Director Todd Haynes makes sure everything remains remorselessly tepid as honourable Mildred tries to earn a living to support her two daughters after she’s dumped by her husband.

It’s 1931, the height of the Depression, so Mildred has little luck finding a job to fund the comfortable life she and her daughters, particularly noxious snob Veda, have been used to. And Veda is not happy.


Los Angeles mother Mildred throws her husband Bert out of their family home after discovering he has been unfaithful, but faces ruin as she struggles to raise her two daughters alone amid the hardships of the Great Depression. After a disheartening search for employment, Mildred is forced to take a job as a waitress - much to the disgust of her demanding daughter Veda. Drama, based on James M Cain's 1941 novel, starring Kate Winslet, with Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham.

Cast & Crew

Mildred Pierce Kate Winslet
Bert Pierce Brian F O'Byrne
Lucy Gessler Melissa Leo
Wally Burgan James LeGros
Ida Corwin Mare Winningham
Veda Pierce Morgan Turner
Ray Pierce Quinn McColgan
Director Todd Haynes
Writer Todd Haynes
Writer Jon Raymond
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